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Help! Looking to get an African Grey

Hi! I am looking to get an African Grey Congo baby/young for myself. Looking to find a reputable person/breeder to obtain my bird without paying a ridiculous price. I feel like most of the listings and responses I have seen or gotten are scams. Any info/help will be much appreciated

I am located in MA
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

If you are getting scams it's probably because you aren't looking in a realistic price range. What is your budget? Have you looked at local rescues?


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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

It doesn’t work like that at least in my area. I was on a waiting list to get my Grey. They also range from $1800 to $2200 by me. What is your price range?
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

yes price range will have a great impact on whether you're getting scams or not, most scammers will aim low price to get cash out of people, others go ridiculously high. Also remember you're buying one of the headliners of the parrot show so scammers will post them up more than other birds to prey on desire and excitement.

Always ask for a picture with something unique going on. Whenever I have asked in the past I ask for a banana to be in the picture (causes me great entertainment) and of course never pay money before you see the parrot. Most will ask for a deposit on the bird before meeting then the second your money is transferred the breeder disappears.

Make sure you only ever use something like paypal as then you have a legal back up if it is a scam. If you transfer from your bank account the banks will say you willingly gave money meaning that money is gone.
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

My CAG was $0.00, with cage and toys and lots of advice. She's now 13yrs of age and an absolute sweetheart. Have you looked into rehome/rescue options? A bird out there may be in need of help/love
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:16 AM
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

To add, I was just about to pull the trigger on a hand reared baby CAG when I asked the lady I got Enzo from if she knew the 'breeder', she immediately told me it looked like a scam, and upon reflection it did but i was blinded by the need for a new companion. This is when she offered Enzo who was a rehome as she was a member of a rehome charity.
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

Ask around, someone you know may have one they don't really want anymore or can't give the attention it deserves. Also, parrot rescues can give you a bird nearly free.

These will usually be adult birds, but - are you sure you need a baby? Adult birds can already be known talkers, have a known good adult personality, etc.
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

Most CAG's will be around $1600-$2000 from what I've seen. This is a very common price for a larger species like this and if you want a quality, hand-fed baby that is the price. They also need a large cage ($200-700 roughly), toys ($50 a month) and food (expect $20-40 a month). They are expensive to buy and expensive to own. Be sure to do your research and make sure you have a lot of money saved up as they are not cheap to keep!
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

You can get a talking healthy adult CAG for $500-1000 cage included from a private seller, or less than $100 cage included if you adopt one from my local parrot rehoming agency. (I can't speak for yours.) You really pay a premium for the parrot being a baby. They are only babies briefly, then they are adults for 40-50 years...
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Re: Help! Looking to get an African Grey

I agree, if you are going to purchase a baby African Grey, expect to pay a premium price. For Tsali, his cage (which I purchased used and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected), starter amounts of food, toys, etc, I had over $2,500 invested. Worth every penny to deal with good breeders who are there for you when you need help.

Seems like when fly in $$ flys out.

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